Quote: Originally Posted by Carolyn
Looks like only the version 4.1 hardware has a 32-bit Vista driver option, along with the XP driver. This might well be usable in a 32-bit Windows 7 world.
The 4.0 and earlier hardware versions all have drivers from 2006 and earlier, which I'm guessing are strictly for XP and unusable for Windows 7.
For an item of this low price, my own approach would be that it's just not worth my time to try and utilize a legacy hardware item into a modern environment. MS and the hardware vendors have "emerged victorious" and I'm simply forced to upgrade to "modern hardware" that is now all that is supported by "modern software".
I'd normally be annoyed at this manipulation, but generally there is so much true price/performance benefit that I don't mind paying what inevitably is a small price in the long run to truly get past the obstacle forever and not have to fight with it again.
I faced this myself when converting from XP to Windows 7 about 1/12 years ago, only to discover that Creative Labs did not support my long-favorite sounding Audigy/2 PCI sound card in Windows 7. I was devastated. As my solution, I opted for a new X-Fi Titanium PCI-e card which of course was supported by Windows 7, and in fact sounded just as good to me as the old Audigy/2.
Before deciding, I did audition the built-in Realtek ALC1200 chip on my motherboard, but for some reason it didn't sound as good as an older ALC883 chip sounded on another machine of mine... where I DO use onboard sound. However on my ASUS P5Q3 board, the ALC1200 just didn't sound right. So I decided to go with the X-Fi Titanium, and was very very happy. Still in use today.
Reasonable price, available, usable immediately, supported by Creative for Windows 7. My time is valuable too, and this is an easy and cheap solution. Purchased. Case closed. Move on to other challenges.